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New Comedy Series w/ Black Casts – ‘Mr. Robinson’ & ‘The Carmichael Show’ – Will Shake Up NBC’s Wednesday Nights

New Comedy Series w/ Black Casts - 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' - Will Shake Up NBC's Wednesday Nights

NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for a new hour-long block of comedies with “Mr. Robinson” premiering at 9 pm, immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 pm.

The network has also released official synopses for both new series.

First, “Mr Robinson” follows the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, Craig (played by Craig Robinson) who knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes his money, while he waits for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The school principal (played by Peri Gilpin) believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She’s none too fond of Craig’s unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher (played by Meagan Good). It’s a constant struggle for Craig, having one foot in the music world with his band, Nasty Delicious, and one foot in the teaching world. But if Craig wants to get the girl of his dreams and teach these kids the joys of music, he’ll have to buckle down and shape up.

“Mr. Robinson” is inspired by Robinson’s own real-life experiences as a music teacher.

The series is written by Mark Cullen & Robb Cullen, who are also serving as executive producers, with Howard Klein (“Parks and Recreation”), Mark Schulman (“Chelsea Lately”) and Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”).

And at 9:30pm, “The Carmichael Show,” which hails from Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller (“Neighbors”), is an irreverent sitcom inspired by Jerrod’s real-life relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (played by David Alan Grier), his therapist-in training girlfriend (Amber West), his ever-hustling brother (Lil Rel), and his mother (Loretta Devine), who is always, always, always right with Jesus.

“The Carmichael Show” is exec produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan.

Neither series has been given a full order yet (just 6 episodes each to start), so both will be over by the end of September, when the fall TV season really begins. I assume that if the 6 episodes perform very well, NBC will order more.

But both will be done before “black-ish” returns in the fall – assuming it does return. It hasn’t been officially picked up for a second season yet; although it probably will be. “black-ish” airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm.

In addition to those 2 comedies, NBC has also set a date for “I Can Do That,” a new variety series hosted by Marlon Wayans (he is also exec producer), which will see celebrities compete and showcase their many talents. Each week, a group of 6 celebrities perform unique acts to prove to the audience that “they can do that!” During each performance, the celebrities enter a friendly rivalry as they choose their favorite act, what they think they can master, and who they would pair up with to master the act. Unlike most talent shows, there are no judges or eliminations, it’s all for bragging rights. 

Celebrities scheduled to participate include: dancer and choreographer Cheryl Burke, recording artists Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger and Ciara, standup comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson.

The series is a Universal Television production. Audrey Morrissey (“The Voice”) and Matilda Zoltowski (“Dancing with the Stars”) serve as executive producers.

“I Can Do That” will premiere on Tuesday, May, 26, 10-11 pm. It also received just a 6-episode order.

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